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Rapper Eminem takes New Zealand political party to court

The National Party could have been asked to pay US$1 million to use the Eminem song Lose Yourself, even if the copyright holder allowed the use, a court has been told.

The party’s 2014 campaign ad, using a musical work with similarities to Lose Yourself, was “bland and perfunctory”, and not in the spirit of the Lose Yourself song, which encouraged the taking of chances, a representative of the copyright holder said.

Detroit-based copyright administrator Joel Martin said the holders would never have granted the party permission to use the original work. Use could have cost US$750,000 to $1m if permission had been given, but a fee after unauthorised use would have been higher.

The National Party and its manager/secretary Gregory Hamilton are being sued in the High Court at Wellington over the music used in the ad, which allegedly infringed copyright.

Source: BBC News